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April 14, 2014
12:26 EDTEW, ENH, TWTR, NQ, WBMD, AHL, C, MDT, GDP, FBOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after a bigger than expected increase in retail sales, along with better than expected headline profits at Citigroup (C), lent some confidence to buyers at the start of a holiday-shortened week of trading. The retail data, which showed sales notched their largest gain in 1.5 years in March, added to a recent string of better than expected domestic economic reports. However, today's data was followed by an upward move in the major averages, which had not been the case in some recent trading sessions. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales climbed 1.1% in March, beating expectations for an increase of 0.8%. Retail sales excluding autos rose 0.7%, which also beat estimates. Business inventories grew 0.4% in February, versus the consensus forecast for a 0.5% gain. In Europe, the EU's statistics agency said industrial production across the 18 countries that share the euro rose by 0.2% in February from the prior month and by 1.7% from the same month of the prior year. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Citigroup advanced more than 4% after the company's first quarter earnings, excluding one-time items and accounting adjustments, of $1.30 per share easily beat the consensus $1.14 per share forecast. CEO Michael Corbat said the company delivered strong results despite a quarter "that was difficult," noting that the bank reduced its deferred tax assets more than any other quarter since the crisis and drove Citi Holdings closer to break even. Prior to today's good news, the bank had been in focus for a number of negative headlines during the quarter, including its disclosure of fraud in its Mexican unit and the Federal Reserve objecting to its capital return plans... Twitter (TWTR) shares rose over 3% after the company disclosed that its co-founders, Jack Dorsey and Evan Williams, and its CEO, Richard Costolo, have informed the company that they have no current plans to sell any of their shares as a lockup of the stock approaches on May 5. Social network peer Facebook (FB) also gained more than 1.5% after news reports from Europe said the company is close to obtaining Irish regulatory approval to provide financial services such as electronic payments and exchanges with other members... Aspen Insurance (AHL) remained up 10% near noon despite the company rejecting the takeover offer that its peer in the insurance and reinsurance industry, Endurance Specialty (ENH), made public. Aspen said the "ill-conceived" $47.50 per share buyout offer made by Endurance represents a "strategic mismatch" and carries "significant execution risk." MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Goodrich Petroleum (GDP), which jumped 37% after the company reported strong results for a well it drilled in Louisiana. Also higher was WebMD (WBMD), which advanced 18% after advising it now expects its Q1 revenue to be at the high end of the range the company previously provided and for its adjusted EBITDA to beat the high end of its prior guidance. Among the noteworthy losers was Medtronic (MDT), which dropped 2% after its competitor, Edwards Lifesciences (EW), was granted a preliminary injunction limiting the sale of Medtronic's CoreValve system in the U.S. due to patent infringement. Edwards, which was upgraded at JPMorgan and CRT Capital following the court victory, gained 12%. Also lower again were shares of NQ Mobile (NQ), which slid another 5.8% as its post-earnings weakness continues. Short selling research firm Muddy Waters, which has previously alleged NQ to be a fraud, said the recently reported results indicate that the company's auditor has stepped up its scrutiny of the Chinese company. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 131.17, or 0.82%, to 16,157.92, the Nasdaq was up 40.19, or 1.0%, to 4,039.93, and the S&P 500 was up 15.84, or 0.87%, to 1,831.53.
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December 9, 2014
07:41 EDTGDPGoodrich Petroleum liquidity concerns overblown, says SunTrust
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07:36 EDTEWEdwards Lifesciences TAVI growth reinforces bullish stance, says Canaccord
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07:07 EDTEWEdwards price target raised to $151-$152 from $135-$140 at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo increased its price target on Edwards Lifesciences as the firm believes that the company's roughly in-line 2015 guidance announced yesterday is conservative.The firm also notes that the company raised its long-term TAVR market assumption to over $3B in 2019. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
06:10 EDTGDPGoodrich Petroleum implied volatility of 205 at upper end of index mean range
05:59 EDTCCitigroup appointed successor depositary bank for Deutsche Post ADR program
Citi (C), acting through Citibank N.A., has been appointed by Deutsche Post AG (DPSGY) as successor depositary bank for its Level 1 American Depositary Receipt, or ADR, program. Deutsche Post DHL’s ADR program trades in the U.S. over the counter market, with each ordinary share equivalent to 1 ADR.
December 8, 2014
16:55 EDTCLone Star joins Springleaf as bidder for Citigroup OneMain unit, Bloomberg says
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16:00 EDTCOptions Update; December 8, 2014
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15:40 EDTCLone Star joins Springleaf as bidder for Citigroup OneMain unit, Bloomberg says
14:24 EDTTWTRRumor: Twitter moves off lows amid speculation Apple may take a stake
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13:38 EDTTWTRTwitter breaks to lows of the day, levels to watch
The shares are down over 6.7% to $35.89 at time of writing. Resistance is now at former support at $36.38. Support is now at $35.06.
11:21 EDTTWTRTwitter volatility low as shares pullback to four-month low
Twitter December weekly call option implied volatility is at 51, December is at 46, January at 43; compared to its 26-week average of 54 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement
10:16 EDTTWTRTwitter falls to session lows, levels to watch
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09:34 EDTGDPGoodrich Petroleum downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital
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08:16 EDTEWEdwards Lifesciences announces investments in CardioKinetix
Edwards made a structured investment in CardioKinetix, a privately held medical device company pioneering a catheter-based treatment for heart failure. This transaction increases Edwards' existing minority interest in CardioKinetix and provides an option to purchase the remaining outstanding shares for a future payment, plus additional milestone payments based on future regulatory and reimbursement approvals. In the second investment, the company acquired intellectual property that broadens its transcatheter mitral valve development efforts. Additional details of both investments were not disclosed.
08:15 EDTEWEdwards Lifesciences sees FY15 EPS $3.90-$4.10, consensus $3.96
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08:12 EDTEWEdwards Lifesciences backs FY14 EPS $3.33-$3.39, consensus $3.39
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06:35 EDTCValue of Wall Street's M&A bankers has risen, NY Times says
The value of Wall Street's bankers who advise large companies seems to be increasing, while traders are becoming less valuable, according to The New York Times. Bankers who work on M&A deals are expecting their bonuses to increase, while traders anticipate that their compensation will drop, the newspaper added. Furthermore, banks seem to be going the extra mile to hire top notch bankers, the newspaper stated. Publicly traded large banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
06:21 EDTCDeadline for Petsmart bidders extended as lenders put on leash, NY Post reports
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06:05 EDTEWEdwards Lifesciences to host investor meeting
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06:00 EDTTWTRTwitter's former head of product leaving company, Re/code reports
Daniel Graf, who was replaced by Kevin Weil as head of product last month, is leaving the company, Re/code reports. Reference Link
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